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on January 27, 2018
Full disclosure – I was provided a copy of this book by the author, however, I have voluntarily chosen to write a review. All opinions are my own.

Las Vegas Girl is the newest crime novel by author Leslie Wolfe. Taking a break from her primarily Florida based police procedurals, this newest tale takes place in Sin City. Recent arrival Detective Laura Baxter is teamed up with veteran Detective Jack Holt to investigate the murder of a young woman at the posh Aquamarine hotel. With the victim identified as the sister of the Governor’s fiancé, the duo is under strict orders from the Deputy Chief to steer clear of the family. With both officers on probation for previous issues, they cannot afford to mess up, but they also cannot be expected to solve this case when both their DC and the Judge assigned appear to be stonewalling them. With a little ingenuity and some extracurricular detective work, the duo uncovers the details of a scandal years in the making that may very well shake the foundations of the Las Vegas Metro PD.

With the Las Vegas strip being one of the most recognizable places on Earth and having watched many a CSI episode in the past, it was fairly easy for me to immerse myself in the story. Leslie’s newest protagonist, Detective Laura Baxter, is a British transplant with a tragic past and anger management issues. I totally love her drive to get the bad guy no matter what it takes. Detective Holt also isn’t squeaky clean and harbors a secret that could ruin his career at best and send him to jail at worst. The unlikely duo is a good pair and it was interesting to watch them try to feel each other out as first-time partners while trying to skirt the political landmines of their high-profile case. With as complex as these two characters are, each keeping secrets and buried traumas to themselves I am hoping that this is the first in a series of books involving the pair. There will always be crime in Las Vegas and I’m hoping Baxter and Holt will stick around to take the bad guys down.

If you like books with a strong female lead who is smart, flawed and just a little bit devious I would recommend Las Vegas Girl or any other title by Leslie Wolfe.
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on January 31, 2018
Outstanding characters that grab your attention and then your heart. An intricate storyline that carries you away and makes putting this book down a hard choice to make. Good guys and gals with a twist you don't see coming but soon you will be choosing your hero.
I can't wait to read the series involving the Brit turned American. Her hot partner and their relationship is intense yet doesn't overshadow the story.
I love it!
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on March 1, 2018
This book is very entertaining and I hope the beginning of another series of books with great characters! This is a stand-alone book - not one of those common Amazon disappointments that are just part of a book. But, it's so good that it deserves to be the first one in a series - a high quality addition to the Tess and Alex stories.

If there is not a waiting line to negotiate movie rights, then there is an IQ problem in Hollywood, because this novel is perfectly made for a smart bunch of film-makers and actors to make money and win awards. The characters are that good, and the plot is perfect for a movie or for the pilot of a television series. Amazon Video, are you awake? Or, is that perhaps too much to ask of a company run by mediocre algorithms? But, I digress. . .

In this book, Wolfe does an excellent job of revealing the personalities and backgrounds of the characters gradually, in sync with the unfolding plot. The need to continue to turning pages increases with each chapter, and by the very satisfying end of the story, you'll likely want to keep reading about the lead characters and what they do both during the day and at night! This could go in a lot of different directions from here, and it will be very much fun to go along for the ride if the author gives us the opportunity.
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on January 30, 2018
If you have read any of Leslie Wolf's books, then you know your in for an excellent read! Detectives Laura Baxter and Jack Holt are members of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department the elite of police in Las Vegas. They are after a killer, someone who is brazen enough to commit it in front of hundreds of witnesses and countless video surveillance cameras. Only problem, is the killer is not on any of the cameras. There are too many fingerprints at the scene, let alone all those witnesses that don't agree on much. Then they need to focus on the victim. Who was she and why was she killed? Secrets. Secrets that need to be kept that way. Will this murder be solved? You will need to read this one to find out.
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on January 13, 2018
I've read other books by this author and this one didn't disappoint. The sins of the past have come back to 3 powerful men. Two detectives, newly partnered, with their own set of demons work thru the current crime to catch the murderer. The investigation is slowed down by these powerful men.
I would have given this 5 stars but was not really comfortable how the detectives , supposedly law-abiding, manipulated and unlawfully came by some clues.I guess it happens and may have been for the right reasons but still not right. Just my opinion.
I enjoyed reading this story, very interesting, fast moving with several twists and turns. I did figure out half way through who the 3rd man was, but it didn't take away from the story.
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on January 16, 2018
This is another intricate mystery by Leslie Wolfe that becomes a fast read, because it is so well written and interesting. It captures the Las Vegas locale and the locals -- the rich and and powerful and those not so lucky. How to investigate a murder when the detectives are stymied at every request? Go around the barriers. A murder that may have been engendered 11 eleven years before and the statute of limitations has run out on a major crime that may be the reason for the murder.
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on March 13, 2018
Sometimes the clue is in the price. And even 1$ was too much for this. Shallow characters, high-school level writing. The plot may be great, but the low-quality prose annoyed me from the start. I stuck with it for 40 pages, and then .... for the 1st time in a couple of years ... let it go. If you like Burke, Connelly, Child, Sandford, DeMille ... this is not for you. Reminded me of the poor quality ghostwriting we've seen over the last few years from Baldacci and Harlan Coben - used to be good, but volume (greed) won over quality.
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on February 28, 2018
I'll admit straight off that I didn't expect to enjoy this - and my expectations were not wrong.
I've been on a bit of a mission to see if I can figure out how so many Amazon titles can have average ratings of 4 stars or more, yet also have scads of (highly justified) 1 and 2 star reviews.
The writing here was exceedingly poor - pretty much high school level - with multiple police procedures that anybody who owns a television set would find laughable.
I don't want to go on and on, but Amazon really needs to tweak its ratings system.
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on May 29, 2018
The first chapter almost turned me off. The author would have us believe an assassin went to elaborate means to kill a girl by following her onto an elevator and throwing her off the balcony of a casino atrium. She fell 18 stories to the lobby below and made a mess. I am not giving you a spoiler, because this takes place very early in the book. The assassin then makes a clean getaway in spite of thousands of CCTV cameras in Las Vegas casinos. You would think an assassin with an IQ of 10 would follow his target until she was alone somewhere and kill her very quietly. I finished the book, and the characters were well developed, but the first chapter is idiotic.
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on March 19, 2018
This book is not a great gripping suspenseful story as described. The story line is ok but the actions taken by the lead characters are implausible.
The female lead has no respect for the law & behaves as though she can do anything off hours. The male lead has cocaine addiction. These are the two leads to crack the case with no one knowing about their illegal activities.
I had to rush through the book to finish it. I don’t know why I bothered.
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